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48 free events take place on Thursday, May 16 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out May 16 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of May . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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48 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, May 16, 2024

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free events nyc October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre
free events nyc Excerpts of From Hell to Antigone for Voice, Violin, Violoncello, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online!)
free events nyc Five Time Grammy Award Winner on the Intersection of Creative Arts and Human Health
free events nyc Baroque Works (In Person AND Online!)
free events nyc Dance Party: Latin Festival
free events nyc Film Festival on Theatre & Performance (in-person and online)
free events nyc A Musician and a Visual Artists in New Multimedia Performance
        

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre


To celebrate the end of his two years of service as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces' paratrooper division, Tomer Meir joined 13 of his friends at the Nova Musica Festival on the weekend of October 6 in Re'im in southern Israel. It was his first ever music festival. "It was the best moments of my life. I can't explain the state we were in," the 21-year-old told the New York Jewish Week. "It was pure love -- people dancing, laughing, smiling. All the good stuff that we're living for." Until 6:29 a.m. on Saturday morning. The red alerts, the rockets and the running. "The music stopped. The rockets started. We started running for our lives," Meir said. Meir is a survivor of the Nova Music Festival Massacre, where Hamas militants killed 364 festival-goers and took at least 40 hotstages on the morning of Oct. 7. Six months after the attack, Meir is in New York sharing his story as part of an interactive exhibit about that day, which he says is helping him heal. The Nova Musical Festival exhibition, titled October 7th, 06:29AM, is an immersive step into what it was like to be at the festival when it was attacked. Screens show clips from the attack on Nova are displayed next to personal and camping items taken from the festival recreating the festival layout. The exhibit, which debuted in Tel Aviv for 10 weeks in December, was created by Israeli designers and cultural producers, many of whom were producers with the Nova Music Festival itself. It was brought to New York with the help of Scooter Braun, the Jewish-American music producer and philanthropist. The exhibit recreates the visuals and sounds of the Nova Music Festival massacre. But the New York version is in some ways "more intense," according to Yael Finkelstein, a volunteer who collected items from the Nova site and helped set up both the Tel Aviv and New York exhibit. New elements at the New York exhibit include dozens of video testimonies from survivors, Zaka volunteers and family members, as well as graphic raw footage taken on Oct. 7 from both festival-goers and Hamas militants. In addition, survivors of the massacre such as Meir and Sassi will be at the exhibit every day to share their stories and answer questions. Their goal, Meir said, is to show New Yorkers that the horror they experienced could happen to anyone.
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Fairs, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
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Film | Quo Vadis (1951): religious epic


Returning from a military campaign abroad, General Marcus Vinicius discovers that a new religion has taken hold in Rome: Christianity. When Vinicius encounters Lygia, a follower of the strange religion, he quickly becomes smitten and tries to win her affections. Lygia is reluctant due to their differing beliefs. Complicating matters is the crazed Emperor Nero, who blames the Christians for his own burning of Rome, beginning a wave of persecution. Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov
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Films, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Quo Vadis (1951): religious epic

Gallery Talk | Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut: Exhibition Tour


Co-curators behind the scenes of Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut, which explores for the first time in the United States the legacy of Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles. The four curators will walk through the exhibition's artworks, archival documents and films, opening up a new window on psychiatry and its connections to art, literature and French theory.
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Gallery Talks, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut: Exhibition Tour

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
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Park Walk | Wildlife Outing in the Park


A wildlife outing to discover the flora and fauna that make the park ecologically rich.
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
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Concerts, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Ted Rosenthal.
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Gallery Talk | Somewhere to Roost: Exhibition Tour


A tour of the current exhibition led by Luce Assistant Curator Brooke Wyatt. \ Featuring paintings, textiles, photographs, and sculptures, the exhibition explores the ways that artists evoke and construct ideas of “home.” Taken both literally and metaphorically, Somewhere to Roost represents spaces where artists live and work, as well as places remembered, imagined, or dreamed. The exhibition highlights experiences of immigration, incarceration, and housing insecurity, as well as visions of home that are playful, inventive, and unexpected.
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Tour | Urban Farm Tour


Take a tour to learn about how they grow produce and support local wildlife in the heart of downtown New York City.   
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Classical Music | Excerpts of From Hell to Antigone for Voice, Violin, Violoncello, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online!)


Jeffrey Mandelbaum, countertenor, as Admeto; Nicole Besa, soprano, as Antigona; Kristin Renee Young, soprano, as Alceste; Francis Liu, violin; Serafim Smigelskiy, violoncello; Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord, perform excerpts of From Hell to Antigone, Opera Essentia's new 70-minute Distillation of Handel's Admeto, from 1727. This steamy love triangle saga unfolds in bittersweet beauty, one aria after another. Betrayal, longing, jealousy, and bewilderment just scratch the surface. A curse reversed, a rejection amended, but then she's back from the dead... how can a heart survive it all??
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Concerts, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Excerpts of From Hell to Antigone for Voice, Violin, Violoncello, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online!)

Film | Wonka (2023) with Timothee Chalamet and Hugh Grant


With dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers. Director: Paul King Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Grant, Olivia Colman Timothee Chalamet is an American and French actor. He has received various accolades, including nominations for an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and three BAFTA Film Awards. Hugh Grant is an English actor. He established himself early in his career as a charming and vulnerable romantic leading man, and has since transitioned into a more dramatic character actor. Among his accolades, he has received a British Academy Film Award and a Golden Globe Award.
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Films, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Wonka (2023) with&nbsp;Timothee Chalamet and&nbsp;Hugh Grant

Jazz | Jazz Live from Harlem (in-person and online)


Ever since he wrote, at the age of 11, a song called “I’m On My Way,” which was included on his uncle Cannonball Adderley’s 1967 Capitol Records album, Why Am I Treated So Bad!, Nat Adderley, Jr, has been a constant, multi-talented presence in the music world. As Luther Vandross’ long-time musical director, his compositions include “Stop to Love,” “Wait for Love,” “Make Me a Believer,” “Other Side of The World,” and the Grammy-nominated “Give Me the Reason,” while his arranging and piano-playing for Vandross have been equally heralded. He was with him through his very last project, “Live at Radio City Music Hall.”
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Hike | Spring Wildflower Hike


Explore which plants are in bloom in our parks! Learn how to identify different species of flowers and pick up some botany basics on this engaging and educational hike.
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Birdwatching | Evening Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season, with guided tours led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow!
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Poetry Reading | Celebrating Cuban Poet Nancy Morejón


Nancy Morejón is the best known and most widely translated woman poet of post-revolutionary Cuba. Born in 1944 in Havana to a militant dock worker and a trade-unionist seamstress, Morejón graduated from Havana University, where she majored in French and was the first Black woman poet to publish widely and be accepted as a professional writer, critic and translator. Morejón is recipient of the Critic’s Prize (1986) and Cuba’s National Prize for Literature (2001). She has collaborated with prominent musicians, playwrights and actors, and recently extended her artistic talents to the visual arts. Currently, she directs the Caribbean Studies Center at Casa de las Américas, Havana, epicenter of Cuban and Latin American intelligentsia.
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Poetry Readings, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Celebrating Cuban Poet Nancy Morej&oacute;n

Opening Reception | 12 in 24: Group Exhibition


Featuring works by Jonathan Borofsky, Chico, Cosbe, Crash, Richard Hambleton, Knox Martin, Moody, and Stikman.
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, 12 in 24: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | AdeY: Uncensored


An exhibition of photographs by AdeY. The British-Swedish artist’s real name, age, and place of residence are unknown. AdeY left a career as a professional dancer, something evident in the photographs which combine photography, choreography, and performance.
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Opening Reception | Alma Allen: New Sculpture


The exhibition brings together a combination of new sculpture in bronze, cast in the artist’s foundry, and works carved from stone sourced from areas surrounding his studio in Tepotzlán, Mexico. Realized with hybrid processes both ancient and cutting-edge, Allen’s sculptures are imbued with a timeless quality while conveying a dynamic range—from works defined by their refined formal simplicity to those brimming with complex gesture. Allen approaches sculpture by devising a series of formal parameters to foster pre-conscious and intuitive decision making via the hand, a process that complements his research into ideas relating to the structure of the physical world. This new body of work evolves various compositional and material directions explored in Allen’s recent institutional exhibition Nunca Solo at Museo Anahuacalli in Mexico City, demonstrating the artist’s ongoing experimentation into the ability of matter to embody contemplations on free will, consciousness, and the nature of time.
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Opening Reception | Chrysalis: Multimedia Group Exhibition


An exhibition of multimedia work by eight students selected by a jury of their peers. The artists visually articulate transitions between one state of being and another through drawing, illustration, painting and sculpture. Exploring the exciting potential or devastating implications of change, the works on view consider these moments as opportunities for inflection. Topics covered include cultural expectations of individuals, political propaganda, psychology and the body as evidence of metamorphosis. These thresholds are a time of discovery, but such developments always hold a cost to those involved. This group exhibition surveys contemporary humanistic issues while asserting that outcomes should not overshadow the process of becoming. 
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Chrysalis: Multimedia Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Farkhondeh Shahroudi: of weeping trees


This show showcases new and older works ranging in media including drawing, video, sculpture, textiles, artist books, and more across nearly 30 years of Shahroudi's practice. Evoking and reframing colonial materials and motifs such as rubber and the so-called "Oriental" rug respectively, the title of this exhibition calls forth reoccurring themes present in the artist’s oeuvre such as identity, language, family, and psychology. In her practice, Shahroudi inhabits the space between, around, and beyond language. Taking up the tradition of automatic writing, she inhabits inclusion through her process of painting her mother tongue Farsi with her dominant right hand, and distantiation of German, deliberately slowed down by writing with her left hand. Understanding all her work as three-dimensionally materialized poems, Shahroudi abstains from explicitly recounting the history of her migration from Iran to Germany in 1990, where she has lived ever since. Rather, memory, in her work, operates as a more subtle thread weaving between the political and a childlike coyness. Playfully integrating language constructions containing simultaneous elements of absurdist humor and moments of grief, Shahroudi invites us to come up with our own associations; akin to providing us with a tool – much like a tuning fork – that enables us to listen to the echoes of a multiple present.  
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Farkhondeh Shahroudi: of weeping trees

Film | Foxy Brown (1974) with Pam Grier


Unable to pay back the $20,000 he owes the mob, small-time hustler Link instead gives up the identity of an undercover cop who happens to be dating his sister, Foxy Brown. When gangsters later kill the cop, Foxy is quick to make the connection and swears vengeance. Posing as a prostitute, and with the help of a group of neighborhood vigilantes, she gradually tracks down the hit men, their Mafia bosses and her own brother. Director: Jack Hill Cast: Pam Grier, Peter Brown, Terry Carter, Kathryn Loder, Harry Holcombe Pam Grier is an American actress and singer. Described by many as cinema's first female action star, she achieved fame for her starring roles in a string of 1970s action, blaxploitation, and women in prison films. Her accolades include nominations for an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Satellite Award and a Saturn Award.
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Films, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Foxy Brown (1974) with Pam Grier

Opening Reception | Jade Kim: Moments


South Korean artist Jade Kim explores the space between reality and dreamscape in his new solo show. Jade’s wife is the muse for his work, forming the enchanting protagonist Min, a vessel inviting escapism through her bright, innocent eyes.
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Opening Reception | Jamie Nares: Nares Traces


The exhibition will examine over 120 works on paper in a variety of media—namely oil, ink, and enamel—made after refocusing her artistic attention from film to painting in the early 1980s. Coolly perceptive, Nares’ works on paper share the same conceptual focus on movement, rhythm, and measurements of time that has driven the artist's various bodies of work over the last fifty years. This exhibition points to paper as an essential instrument in Nares’ ongoing exploration of these themes.
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Jamie Nares: Nares Traces

Opening Reception | Living in th Moment of Abstract Art: Group Show


With: Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Carol Barsha, Ernest Briggs, Seymour Boardman, James Brooks, Peter Bonner, Charles Clough, Buffie Johnson, Michael Loew, Louise Nevelson, Richards Ruben, Jon Schueler, and Thomas Sills The artists in this exhibit had respect for earlier forms of art. Their development grew from this background and art patrons who exposed them to the importance of other historical forms of expression. Thus, we have abstract art.
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Living in th Moment of Abstract Art: Group Show

Opening Reception | Shahzia Sikander: Liquid Light


An exhibition of twelve new prints and handmade paper works by Shahzia Sikander. Encompassing drawing, painting, sculpture, and animation in her expansive art practice, Shahzia Sikander engages with many vantage points. In the past year, she has channeled her energy into print and papermaking, cross-pollinating collagraphs, pressure prints, etchings, and pulp painting into a bold and nuanced body of work that exalts the fluidity of material, transition, and process. Sikander is known for her decades-long engagement championing non-western art history to re-animate the relevance of pre-modern manuscripts and illuminated books. Pioneering Neo-Miniaturist painting, her practice turns a critical and creative lens toward Orientalist readings of Indo-Persian miniatures by rejecting strictures of iconography, with a particular focus on gender and power roles. An alertness to binaries informs her work, and she intentionally subverts the assumptions, hierarchies, and center-margin dynamics where issues of hegemony can be unraveled across a conceptual, emotional, and visual nexus. 
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Shahzia Sikander: Liquid Light

Opening Reception | The Madness of Crowds: Group Exhibition


With: Carl Theodor Dreyer Ken Gonzales-Day David Howe Sigmar Polke Zoe Pettijohn Schade Rosemarie Trockel Weegee With the near utopian promises of the early Internet gradually betrayed by the mind warping opportunism of the tech sector’s “attention economy”, a creeping withdrawal from the broader social realm seems to have exposed and exacerbated profound rifts in America’s political and social order.  Social media’s architecture of isolated digital platforms, sold under the pretense of “free” competition for the attention of millions, is in fact tightly controlled through opaque algorithms, a staged managed, open sourced free for all that can veer from obsequious approval to venomous assaults. Having long merged with and infected our political and social worlds, a new tribalism prompts an endless search for targets, for what is “not I” or “not us”, where nuance, complexity and contradiction are purged in favor of pre-modern codes of justice meant to satisfy a totalizing world view.   
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, The Madness of Crowds: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Tobi Kahn: Memory & Inheritance


An exhibition opening featuring an informal talk by the artist about his first solo museum exhibition in New York City in more than ten years. Memory & Inheritance contemplates ritual, tradition, and memory, both personal and collective. Tobi Kahn's luminous paintings and his singular Judaica, more than four dozen in total, will be shown in the Museum's historic synagogue home, inviting reflection and meditation.
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Discussion | A Conversation with NYC's Emergency Management Commissioner Zachary Iscol (in-person and online)


Person Place Thing Host Randy Cohen in a wide-ranging conversation with Emergency Management Commissioner Zachary Iscol  
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Classical Music | Baroque Works (In Person AND Online!)


Quicksilver Baroque Ensemble; Avi Stein, organ, perform works by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Johann Rosenmuller (1619-1684), Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1630s-1680), and others.
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Dancing | Dance Party: Latin Festival


Superb bands and expert dance instruction 6pm: Dance Instruction with Jorge Riascos 7pm-10pm: Live Dance Music with La Charanga Pacha and Jimmy Bosch Salsa Masters Cuban percussionist Miguelito "Pacha" Pozo arrived to the United States in 1958 at the age of three. Pacha soon took up percussion, focusing on the timbales. At the age of thirteen, he competed in a Tito Puente contest and earned 2nd place; soon after, Pacha began playing with bassist Glen Vargas in the band La Contraria in New York City. In 1976, Pacha began to play with New Jersey band Orquesta Realidad, then teamed up with flute extraordinaire Jose Antonio Fajardo in 1980. Pacha recorded live and in the studio with Fajardo Y Sus Estrellas until Fajardo's death in 2000. Pacha rejoined the band playing guiro in 2001 under the direction of Fajardo, Jr. Pacha has shared the stage with many greats in Latin music, including Tito Puente, Machito, Larry Harlow, Tipica '73, Orquesta Broadway, and many more during his long career.
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Dancings, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Dance Party: Latin Festival

Screening | Film Festival on Theatre & Performance (in-person and online)


36 films -- some in-person, some online, some both -- are presented in this 4-day festival showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. From its inaugural edition in 2015 to its present-day The festival has served as a platform for recorded works that span the length and breadth of the performing arts. See link for films and details.
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Screenings, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Film Festival on Theatre & Performance (in-person and online)

Discussion | Five Time Grammy Award Winner on the Intersection of Creative Arts and Human Health


Soprano Renee Fleming, five-time Grammy Award winner and World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Arts and Health, joins Ashwin Vasan, MD, PhD, Health Commissioner of the City of New York, to discuss the compelling and growing body of research at the intersection of creative arts and human health. The event will also highlight Fleming's new anthology, Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness, which features chapters from leading scientists, artists, creative arts therapists, educators, and healthcare providers who highlight the powerful impacts of this work. In addition to using music to better understand complex functioning of the brain, researchers have found music and art therapies to be effective tools in addressing effects of an ever-widening array of conditions: providing relief from chronic pain, enhancing speech recovery after stroke or traumatic brain injury, improving mobility of individuals with Parkinson's disease, improving memory and quality of live for patients with Alzheimer's, and more. And the impact of the arts on developing brains of children shows effects reaching beyond improved test results and scholastic aptitude to creativity and success throughout life. Fleming, as a leading advocate for this work, has presented on Music and Mind in over 60 cities around the world. Registration required.
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Discussions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Five Time Grammy Award Winner on the Intersection of Creative Arts and Human Health

Performance | Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter: Music, Dance, Poetry


A monthly ceremonial fire centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge, with guest artists and activists engaging through music, dance, poetry, and more.
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Book Discussion | You Glow in the Dark: Wreckage of Greed


Bolivian writer Liliana Colanzi's short stories glimmer with an unearthly light and a nearly radioactive power. The seven stories of You Glow in the Dark unfold in a Latin America wrecked and poisoned by human greed, and yet Colanzi’s writing—at once sleek and dense, otherworldly and intensely specific—casts an eerily bright spell over the wreckage. Some stories seem to be set in a near future; all are superbly executed and yet hard to pin down; they often leave the reader wondering: was that realistic or fantastic? Colanzi draws power from Andean cyberpunk just as much as from classic horror writers, and this daring is matched by her energizing simultaneous use of multiplicity and fragmentation—the book's stylistic trademarks.
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Book Discussions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, You Glow in the Dark: Wreckage of Greed

Discussion | How to Write About Africa: A Tribute to the Work of Binyavanga Wainaina (in-person and online)


A conversation that explores the influential legacy of Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina. Mona Eltahawy, Sean Jacobs and Anderson Tepper will come together to revisit Wainaina’s body of work, his impact on African literature and reflect on their own perspectives and writing practices, fostering a greater awareness of the power and responsibility that comes with storytelling. The conversation will be moderated by Uzodinma Iweala.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, How to Write About Africa: A Tribute to the Work of Binyavanga Wainaina (in-person and online)

Jazz | Storytelling Jazz Trio


An evening where jazz transcends music to become a narrative, as Austrian vocalist Heidi Krenn takes the stage together with pianist Ray Gallon and Cameron Brown on the bass. This trio doesn’t just perform; they tell stories. Their concert is more than a musical journey—it's an exploration of jazz’s enduring legacy. Experience the intimacy of voice, piano, and bass in a dialogue that redefines the timeless allure of jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Storytelling Jazz Trio

Book Discussion | Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space


From Adam Higginbotham comes the definitive, dramatic, minute-by-minute story of the Challenger disaster, based on fascinating in-depth reporting and new archival research—a riveting history that reads like a thriller.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space

Film | Kes (1969): A Boy and a Bird


A working-class English boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet kestrel. Director: Ken Loach Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher 111 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Kes (1969): A Boy and a Bird

Book Discussion | Long Island by Colm Toibin (In Person AND Online!)


Twenty years after the events of Brooklyn, it is the spring of 1976 and the Irish expat Eilis Lacey is now married to Tony Fiorello with two teenage children and living on a cul-de-sac in Lindenhurst, Long Island, among Tony’s parents and his brothers and their wives and children. The huge extended family lives together, works together, eats and plays together. One day, an Irishman comes to the door and tells Eilis that his wife is pregnant with Tony’s child and that when the baby is born, he will not raise it but instead deposit it on Eilis’s doorstep. Long Island is the story of what Eilis does—and what she refuses to do—in response to this stunning news. Colm Toibin speaks with Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes, who is currently a fellow at the The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and publishes in 2024 her novel The Alternatives, a portrait of a family perched on our collective precipice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, Long Island by Colm Toibin&nbsp;(In Person AND Online!)

Poetry Reading | remembering (y)our light: Debut Poetry (in-person and online)


River Dandelion's debut chapbook asks how we preserve intergenerational memory when the archives hold missing knowledge. In this collection, food lives as a conduit of memory, recipes hold ancestral wisdom, and poems become spells for safety. These poems honor matriarchs and elders who have lived through tumult and demonstrates how poetry can archive history. From Toisan to New York City, River's poems delve into how we cultivate care and safety within ourselves, each other, and in community. These pieces are testament to how we address and mend intergenerational wounds to remember who we and who we came here to be.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, remembering (y)our light: Debut Poetry (in-person and online)

Opening Reception | The Instant Art of Morris Katz


“Painting,” according to Morris Katz, “is like shmearing a bagel.” A genuine performance artist, his standard routine would be to line up two dozen canvases and paint them all within the span of an hour – using only a palette knife and toilet paper – all the while cracking jokes and explaining his craft to rapt audiences. Called “a self-contained vaudeville act” by New York Magazine, Katz holds a unique place in the annals of the art world as a painter who not only worked with incredible speed – whipping up paintings within just minutes – but who did so while engaging his audiences with Borscht Belt style shtick and then auctioning the paintings off to all comers. Celebrate the launch of the exhibition with a reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, The Instant Art of Morris Katz

Book Discussion | Within Arm's Reach: Unexpected Pregnancy Jars Irish-American Family


Ann Napolitano discusses her novel which follows three generations of an Irish-American Catholic family who are jarred into crisis by an unexpected pregnancy. This lyrical first novel is told through six different points of view, including those of the unmarried, pregnant Gracie, a local advice columnist; and her grandmother, the matriarch, who is struggling with her commitments to both the living and the dead. Within Arm’s Reach is a poignant reminder of how interconnected our lives are with those we love, how much more we inherit than wills decree, and how the ghosts of our ancestors walk by our sides every day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Baroque Works (In Person AND Online!)


Quicksilver Baroque Ensemble; Avi Stein, organ, perform works by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Johann Rosenmuller (1619-1684), Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1630s-1680), and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | A Musician and a Visual Artists in New Multimedia Performance


The world premiere of a new multimedia performance by Anna Luisa Petrisko with projection mapping and interactive design by Ana Carolina Estarita-Guerrero. The performance features a live music set with voice, synthesizer, percussion, and sampler by Anna Luisa. Her spiritually infused ambient textures with tropical-inspired beats make up her signature mutant pop, and hypersaturated analog video art creates an immersive and colorful space. Estarita-Guerrero activates the visuals with projection mapping and interactivity using Microsoft Kinect data, computer vision, and real-time video processing. Don't miss this thrilling joint effort between two artists who are passionate about community, cooperation, and the transformative power of pushing their own and each other's boundaries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 16, 2024, 05/16/2024, A Musician and a Visual Artists in New Multimedia Performance

Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza. With: Daniel Simonsen - Late Night with Stephen Colbert Cris Sosa - Broadway Comedy Club Katie Blunt - Milk & Cookies Comedy Show Amanda Giles - St Marks Comedy Club 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Sacred Choral Works at a Landmark Venue

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Musical | Broadway Actors in a Musical

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